3 years 6 months ago - 3 years 6 months ago#50818by Cynthia
Anita, first words of encouragement. Having my kidney removed was not that bad of a surgery pain was not bad and was up and going pretty well in a few weeks. Tell Doug to take it easy and make you wait on him hand and foot...not lol make him get up and and walking as soon as they give you the red light. I think I was in three or four days and not on a lot of pain meds when I got out.
I hear what you say you feel like you are being unfaithful going out with a new Surgeon but send you old one flowers or candy and all will be forgiven. You are right to go with experience so don't feel guilty for doing the right thing. Both of you take it easy. We will be here and you will be in my heart and mind. Let us know how wonderfully he does as soon as you can.
T2 g3 CIS 8/04
Chemotherapy & Radiation 10/04-12/04
RC w/umbilical Indiana pouch 5/06
Left Nephrectomy 1/09
President American Bladder Cancer Society
Doug's surgery will be Monday at Vanderbilt. His local doctor only does one or two nephroureterectomy surgeries per year, so I really pushed him to go to someone who does more. Doug has been with his urologist for 15 years, so we felt almost like two timers going elsewhere. I think we made the right decision. Doug will be in the hospital 3 -5 days. I'll let you all know how it goes.
The Gemzar did not get rid of the tumor; it did shrink it a bit. There were also a couple of questionable places in the bladder that the doctor biopsied. We are hoping that those places were irritation from the stent and/or Gemzar. The left kidney will have to be removed along with the ureter. We have an appointment with the doctor next week. The good news is that the right kidney looks great.